1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Shawn Abner
Very few players can live up to the expectations of being a #1 draft pick in any sport. Those that do, quickly become sport royalty. Those that don’t, typically suffer constant criticism and hardly live up to any of the lofty goals their drafting team had for them. Now add the part about being drafted by a New York franchise and BOOM!!! More hype, more media, more craziness. More, more, and more…
Shane Abner was in this class. The #1 draft pick of the 1984 baseball draft, Abner remained in the Mets farm system for two years prior to being dealt to the San Diego Padres in an 8-player deal. Abner never suited up for the Mets, and he finally made his major league debut in 1987, 3 years after being tabbed as the game’s top prospect.
Abner managed to play in 6 big league seasons. He played for 3 different clubs in that time and never hit the 100 games mark in any of those years. He is a lifetime .227 hitter and his resume boasts 11 home runs, 191 hits, 71 RBI, and 6 stolen bases.
1 out of 10. 1 points earned for being selected as the #1 pick.